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|08 September, 2018

5 divorce cases every hour: Saudi Justice Ministry

6 main causes of divorce including husband not doing his religious duties toward wife, quick response to anger

Image used for illustrative purpose. Saudi women teach children computer programming using robots connected with an application as part of Kcoderz social initiative launched by a Saudi couple, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 29, 2017. Picture taken July 29, 2017.

Image used for illustrative purpose. Saudi women teach children computer programming using robots connected with an application as part of Kcoderz social initiative launched by a Saudi couple, in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, July 29, 2017. Picture taken July 29, 2017.

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JEDDAH — A statistical report issued by the Justice Ministry and carried on Saturday by Makkah daily, said there were 46,300 divorce cases in the Kingdom during 2018 at a daily rate of 129 cases and five divorces every hour.

The ministry said the rising divorce cases were a serious threat to the family stability and the country's social fabric.

According to a number of experts and specialists, there were six main causes of divorce including the husband not doing his religious duties toward his wife, quick response to anger, wives neglecting their marital duties, extensive use of social media tools which inculcate doubts and suspicions in the heart of one of the couples, choosing the wife according to beauty and looks without consideration for the ethics and religion and ignorance of the gradual steps for divorce consisting of patience and arbitration by other family members.

Abdullah Al-Jifin, a Shariah lecturer, asked the judges not to allow divorce easily and to keep the marriage contract on for a long time so that couples might review their attitudes regarding it.

He called on educational institutions to enlighten the male and female students from an early age about the divorce fiqh (jurisprudence).

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"The divorce will have an adverse effect on the children and the society at large," he said.

Bayan Zahran, a female lawyer and legal consultant, said family readiness measurement should be strictly applied on the couples before they tie the knot.

"The program of measurement of the family readiness represents a practical test for those wishing to get married," she said.

She said wives do not usually ask for divorce unless for grave reasons such as that they will suffer from the continuation of the married life, the husband not spending on them, maltreating them and the social incompatibility.

Ahlam Al-Shahrani, another female lawyer and legal consultant, believes that the intellectual incompatibility is a main cause of divorce.

She said lack of religious deterrent and interference of other family members may be other reasons for divorce.

Shahrani asked for extensive training programs on the married life before the marriage is solemnized.

According to the ministry, Makkah with 12,959 divorce cases in that year tops all the other regions in the number of the divorce cases followed by Riyadh which had 10,740 cases and Madinah 3,505.

The ministry said during the month of December 2017, a total of 11,638 marriage contracts were concluded and 5,287 divorce deeds made.

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